Looking To Build A Gaming Beast! $1500 - $2000

Approximate Purchase Date: December 2012 - January 2013 (Long Ways Away)

Budget Range: $1500 - $2000 : After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Video Rendering, Programming, Watching Movies, Surfing the Internet

Parts Not Required: OS, Sound System

Preferred Website for Parts: Newegg.com

Country: United States

Parts Preferences: Intel based products (If you think AMD then go ahead and comment with them parts)
Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024 (HD)

Additional Comments: Any suggestions on what keyboard or mouse I should get? I play mostly FPS games like Call of Duty, Battlefield, and Counter-Strike. I also games like WOW and Diablo. I need a system that runs around $1500 - $2000 and has a great threading processor because I render alot of YouTube videos in 1080p. Also something that will be good for the next 5-8 years. Would like a quite fan, but cooling is my main concern and enough space in my case for cable management (GOOD)

Here's what I've been looking at so far (I've included links to Newegg.com for reference, but not necessarily for price):

Case: Thermaltake Chaser MK-I ATX Full Tower :
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811133191

Monitor: Asus VE247H 23.6" Full HD HDMI LED Backlight LCD :
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236112

Motherboard: ASUS P8Z77-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z77 :
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131819

Processor: Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz :
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116501

Heatsink: Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler :
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608018

Power Supply: CORSAIR Professional Series HX750 750W :
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.917457&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4176827&SID=cfep3ryz037i

Graphics Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 :
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130782

RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin :
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.917457&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4176827&SID=cfep3ryz037i

Hard-Drive: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM :
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.937039

Solid State Drive: OCZ Vertex 4 2.5" 128GB :
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227791

DVD Burner: Asus SATA 24x DVD Burner :
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.937039

Should I get a Fan Controller? They Look Super Cool, but would I need it for the motherboard I have selected?

Please Feel Free To Change Any of The Specs Above : Thanks Everyone! Lets Make This A Beast!
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  1. looks pretty good i recommend you get this cooler over your choice it runs circles around it and is quieter http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608018 ;)
  2. Would that cooler be able to fit good in my case? Do you really think this could be alot better then the Frio? I changed my Processor :) Thanks
  3. R43C said:
    Would that cooler be able to fit good in my case? Do you really think this could be alot better then the Frio? I changed my Processor :) Thanks
    it should fit and i know for a fact it's a better cooler :D
  4. I will take your advice THX alot :)
  5. Get a bigger SSD. 5 - 8 years? You are dreaming. I don't keep cars that long.
  6. I use the NH-D14 i overclock to 4.8ghz my temps are 62c full load i use this case though you might consider it very nice http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811133191
  7. It is a very nice case - switched to it from my HAF :)
  8. I wouldn't get that PSU. Try something like this:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151087
    or for more power, this:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703028

    Definitely go for a GTX 670 instead of a 580. Cheaper than what you linked and better.

    With your budget, I would opt for a larger SSD as well. Maybe 128 or 256 GB.
  9. to explain big more thoroughly

    frio is a very load CPU cooler it runs great and is really strong

    Noctua has a better cooling solution and runs very quiet, it has a hard time fitting in some cases but haf 932 has a lot of room

    SSD: do not really like OCZ 3, if you really want that huge of a performance go with OCZ 4, if you want a very high reliability rate then go with Cruical M4

    i am not a big fan of fan controllers i would suggest going with an ASUS board with fan xpert 2 instead of a sabertooth+fan controller

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.908891
    or
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.908896

    change 580 into a 670/680 580 takes more power while you can SLI with 2x670 with just a 700 watt supply

    change PSU into something better Coolermaster do not make good PSU they are more known for their cases
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.917457
    you can change Ram into something low profile on the way to make the Heatsink fan fit better
    goes nice with the board too

    trimming off some excessive fat
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.937039
  10. R43C said:
    It is a very nice case - switched to it from my HAF :)
    Good choice you won't regret it i love the case :)
  11. I just looked that you are buying in 7 months? Yeah, your build will be completely different by then.
  12. cranked said:
    I just looked that you are buying in 7 months? Yeah, your build will be completely different by then.


    yea you are right in 7 months HDD will be cheaper SSD will be cheaper win 8 will come out by then

    maybe some new boards/CPU will come out that will be better than 3rd gen intel

    new GPUs will come out that will be faster than 670/680

    a better monitor for a better price might come out(really doubt it but cyber monday/ black friday might have good sales)
  13. how much do you think it would change though? Personally I don't think it will to much at all.
  14. As much as the power (Watts) requirement matters, the current requirement, measured in Amps is as important if not even more important. This is especially true if you have a or several dedicated video card(s). As a general rule of thumb, you’re aiming for the highest number on the 12V line.Power Supplies that are certified 80 PLUS have been independently tested for their efficiency. Now, there are 4 different 80 PLUS certifications, depending on how efficient the power supply is:

    80 PLUS: The power supply is at least 80% efficient at 20%,50% and 100% load
    80 PLUS Bronze: The power is at least 82% efficient at 20% and 100% and 85% efficient at 50% load.
    80 PLUS Silver: The power is at least 85% efficient at 20% and 100% and 88% efficient at 50% load.
    80 PLUS Gold: The power is at least 87% efficient at 20% and 100% and 90% efficient at 50% load.

    The 80 PLUS and highercertifications are the way to go when you are looking for an efficient power supply.

    Do not trust specifications such as “Efficiency: 80% to 85% Efficiency Typical” that are not 80PLUS certified. 80 PLUS is an independent standard test. No 80 PLUS and “Efficiency: 80% to 85% Efficiency Typical” means that it is 80% to 85% efficient, according to the manufacturer that is, using their own in-house test, which may or may not so much represent real efficiency.Brand name doesn't really matter since almost all have made bad psu aside from seasonic imho.The power supply he picked is fine true cooler master doesn't make great psu however the one he picked is fine ;)
  15. R43C said:
    how much do you think it would change though? Personally I don't think it will to much at all.


    It may not be "completely different", but prices and products change a lot in 7 months.
  16. Right, I see where you are going with that :) I am right now just trying to get a general idea of what I will need and the price range.
  17. R43C said:
    Right, I see where you are going with that :) I am right now just trying to get a general idea of what I will need and the price range.


    to get a good idea maybe you might be able to get 2x570 vs 1x670/680
  18. I have changed alot of the specs, please have a look at the new ones :)
  19. save some extra money and go with the HDD+burner combo
  20. Got it :P
  21. NH-D14 here is a check list of what ram will fit bud


    DDR3

    Type Manufacturer Model Compatibility Comment
    DDR3 A-Data G-Series Yes
    DDR3 A-Data G-Series ver2.0 No
    DDR3 A-Data Plus-Series Yes
    DDR3 A-Data Plus-Series ver2.0 No
    DDR3 A-Data Standard- / Value-Series Yes
    DDR3 A-Data X-Series Yes
    DDR3 A-Data X-Series ver2.0 No




    Type Manufacturer Model Compatibility Comment
    DDR3 Corsair Value-Series Yes
    DDR3 Corsair Vengeance No
    DDR3 Corsair Vengeance Low-Profile Yes
    DDR3 Corsair XMS3 DHX Series No
    DDR3 Corsair XMS3 Dominator Mod Compatible when the heatsink on top of the heatspreader is removed. Please take a look at our FAQ-entry.
    DDR3 Corsair XMS3 Dominator GT Mod Compatible when the heatsink on top of the heatspreader is removed. Please take a look at our FAQ-entry.
    DDR3 Corsair XMS3-Series Yes




    Type Manufacturer Model Compatibility Comment
    DDR3 Crucial Ballistix Yes
    DDR3 Crucial Ballistix (Tall Heatspreader) No
    DDR3 Crucial Ballistix Tracer Yes




    Type Manufacturer Model Compatibility Comment
    DDR3 Elixir Standard Series Yes




    Type Manufacturer Model Compatibility Comment
    DDR3 G,Skill Ares Series Yes




    Type Manufacturer Model Compatibility Comment
    DDR3 G.Skill ECO Series Yes
    DDR3 G.Skill Flare Series No
    DDR3 G.Skill PI Black Series No
    DDR3 G.Skill Ripjaws Yes
    DDR3 G.Skill Ripjaws X series Yes
    DDR3 G.Skill Ripjaws Z series Yes
    DDR3 G.Skill Sniper Series Yes
    DDR3 G.Skill Sniper series Yes
    DDR3 G.Skill Trident Series No




    Type Manufacturer Model Compatibility Comment
    DDR3 Geil Black Dragon Series Yes




    Type Manufacturer Model Compatibility Comment
    DDR3 GeIL Gaming EVO ONE No
    DDR3 GeIL Green Series Yes




    Type Manufacturer Model Compatibility Comment
    DDR3 Geil Ultra Plus Yes




    Type Manufacturer Model Compatibility Comment
    DDR3 GeIL Ultra Series Yes




    Type Manufacturer Model Compatibility Comment
    DDR3 Geil Value Plus Yes




    Type Manufacturer Model Compatibility Comment
    DDR3 GeIL Value Series Yes
    DDR3 GeIL XMP EVO ONE Series No
    DDR3 GeIL XMP Ultra Series Yes




    Type Manufacturer Model Compatibility Comment
    DDR3 Kingston HyperX Yes
    DDR3 Kingston HyperX Genesis Yes




    Type Manufacturer Model Compatibility Comment
    DDR3 Kingston HyperX H2O No




    Type Manufacturer Model Compatibility Comment
    DDR3 Kingston HyperX Tall HS No
    DDR3 Kingston Value-Series Yes




    Type Manufacturer Model Compatibility Comment
    DDR3 Mushkin Blackline Yes
    DDR3 Mushkin Essentials Yes
    DDR3 Mushkin Proline Yes
    DDR3 Mushkin Radioactive Series Yes
    DDR3 Mushkin Redline Yes
    DDR3 Mushkin Ridgeback Yes
    DDR3 Mushkin Silverline Yes




    Type Manufacturer Model Compatibility Comment
    DDR3 OCZ Blade 2 series No
    DDR3 OCZ Blade Series No
    DDR3 OCZ Fatal1ty Series Yes
    DDR3 OCZ Flex XLC Series No
    DDR3 OCZ FlexEX No
    DDR3 OCZ Gold Series Yes
    DDR3 OCZ Intel Extreme Series Yes
    DDR3 OCZ Limited Edition Series Yes
    DDR3 OCZ NVIDIA SLI-Ready Series Yes
    DDR3 OCZ Platinum Series Yes
    DDR3 OCZ Reaper Series No
    DDR3 OCZ Titanium Series Yes
    DDR3 OCZ Value Series Yes




    Type Manufacturer Model Compatibility Comment
    DDR3 Patriot Bladed Series Yes
    DDR3 Patriot Gamer 2 Series Yes
    DDR3 Patriot Gamer Series No
    DDR3 Patriot Signature Line Yes
    DDR3 Patriot Viper II Series Yes
    DDR3 Patriot Viper Series No
    DDR3 Patriot Viper Xtreme Series Yes




    Type Manufacturer Model Compatibility Comment
    DDR3 Super Talent Black Series Yes
    DDR3 Super Talent Chrome Series No
    DDR3 Super Talent Desktop-Series Yes
    DDR3 Super Talent Extreme Performance Series No
    DDR3 Super Talent Gold Series No
    DDR3 Super Talent Project X Series No
    DDR3 Super Talent Speed Series No




    Type Manufacturer Model Compatibility Comment
    DDR3 Team Group Elite Series Yes
    DDR3 Team Group Xtreem Dark Series Yes
    DDR3 Team Group Xtreem Series No




    Type Manufacturer Model Compatibility Comment
    DDR3 Transcend aXeRam No
    DDR3 Transcend Jetram Yes
    Yes compatible Mod possible issues (see comment) No incompatible
  22. So my RAM is good to go? Why do you keep referring to NH-D14? What does that mean>>?
  23. Can anyone suggest a good gaming mouse? The keyboard I have is a Razer Anansi, so I was thinking about going with the Razer Mamba for the mouse. Any thoughts on that?
  24. R43C said:
    So my RAM is good to go? Why do you keep referring to NH-D14? What does that mean>>?
    that's the cooler your getting :lol: and the ram has to be compatible with it
  25. for FPS i prefer deathadder, RAT mouses
    MMO Naga
  26. these are for if anyone didnt help you combo them yet

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.908891
  27. bigcyco1 said:
    that's the cooler your getting :lol: and the ram has to be compatible with it

    Ha lol, sorry the changes to my specs are going so fast it is hard to keep track of the names people are referring to :)
  28. Could you explain how I can tell if the the RAM is compatible with the Heatsink? Why is this important?
  29. R43C said:
    Ha lol, sorry the changes to my specs are going so fast it is hard to keep track of the names people are referring to :)
    no problem it's understandable :)
  30. boulbox said:
    for FPS i prefer deathadder, RAT mouses
    MMO Naga

    Yea I have a MMO keyboard, but I doubt the extra keys will get used to much. I am thinking about getting the deathadder :) the reason I like the Mamba is because the mouse itself can change colors just like my keyboard :) So I can match the colors scheme and the Mamba 2012 can be wired or wireless with just a simple plug in cord.
  31. i prefer not to spend $100 each mouse i mean you kinda lose a lot of money when you can just buy something that is just as smooth for cheaper

    go for it if you like just my honest opinion of saving money

    oh btw get a tracking pad(mouse pad) it feels nice on the wrist and makes the mouse move pretty smooth
  32. get the MSI 670 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127675#top it's a better brand than EVGA i have had lots of issues with EVGA cards
  33. cranked said:
    I just looked that you are buying in 7 months? Yeah, your build will be completely different by then.


    Can only agree with you here, planned a build 2 months ago and since then everything on the spec list has changed. Constantly finding better deals, problems, putting a bit more cash into it, stock goes in and out. Got another month till its bought, can only imagine what it will be then.
  34. Why are you getting a GTX 670 on 1280x1024 res? A Radeon 6850 will max out any game at that res. Atleast get a 1080p monitor.
  35. azeem40 said:
    Why are you getting a GTX 670 on 1280x1024 res? A Radeon 6850 will max out any game at that res. Atleast get a 1080p monitor.
    Hes trying to future proof for the next 5 to 8 years :lol:
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